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Rape accused driver’s right arm is 94% disabled

Despite becoming disabled after an accident in 2009, Singh had a valid Public Service Badge , which is given to all bus drivers after mandatory police verification.

ABHIMANYU SINGH  22nd Dec 2012

am Singh, main accused in the brutal gang rape case involving a medical student from Delhi on Sunday, had 94% disability in his right arm, according to documents reviewed by The Sunday Guardian.

According to a report in a leading national daily citing police sources, he had "fraudulently obtained a licence from Rajasthan" to get the job of a bus-driver. At the time of the crime, he was the official driver of the bus in which the gang rape occurred. The bus was being employed by two different schools. Although one the schools has now terminated its contract with Yadav Travels, the company which owned the bus, the fact remains that the school and Yadav Travels employed the services of a severely disabled man for the task of ferrying school-children. This also puts the role of the Delhi police under scanner, as they are responsible for issuing a Public Service Badge to all drivers of buses, taxis and auto-rickshaws, after mandatory police verification.

He was ferrying students of two schools despite being crippled.

His disability certificate no. 1853/10, issued by Guru Govind Singh Govt. Hospital, Delhi, dated 3 August 2010, reads: "This is to certify that Mr. Ram Singh, Age 33 years/Male, Son of Sh. Mange lal, Resident of, J.No-49 Ravi dass Camp Sec-3 R. K.Puram New Delhi – 110022, is a case of post-traumatic stiff & deformed elbow with wrist drop. Right Upper Limb. He is physically disabled and has 94% (ninety four percent) permanent physically disabled in relation to his right upper limb." The note below terms his condition as "non-progressive/not likely to improve." Re-assessment was not recommended in his case.

It was after a major accident in 2009 that Ram Singh became disabled. One of his arms was completely damaged and a rod had to be inserted in it. This newspaper reviewed his X-Ray scans from that time and verified the same.

According to the papers of the case, filed by Ram Singh seeking compensation post his accident in the Court Of Commissioner Under Workmen's Compensation Act, on 5 April 2009, he was driving a bus (DL 1 PB 9924) from Chirag Delhi to Gurgaon. At 5.50 am, as "he reached with his bus at Lado Sarai Red Light and turned towards M.G. Road, in the meantime all of a sudden a Rickshawala came and in order to save him the petitioner turned the bus towards the divider due to which the bus after hitting the divider turned turtle and he sustained grievous injuries in his hands, leg and other part of his body." He was taken to Trauma Centre, AIIMS. After spending 28 days in hospital, he was discharged on 2 May 2009. "The right hand of the petitioner was totally damaged," reads the court document. It adds: "That the petitioner has suffered mental agony, financial loss, physical pain and sufferings and he will not be able to work and earn in the same capacity as he was doing and earning prior to the accident."

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